Ban “smart” motorways

Back in the ’90s when my three children were teenagers, we were driving on a motorway on our way to a festival. My wife and kids were singing along to a tape. The motorway was busy with August bank holiday traffic. Ahead of me on the hard shoulder was a lorry. Suddenly, without warning, theContinue reading “Ban “smart” motorways”

Democracy only works when citizens are involved.

The Government have announced that the local elections, postponed from May 2020, will go ahead this May. But due to the pandemic volunteers from political parties will not be able to distribute leaflets. They can, however, pay a delivery company to do this for them. This will give parties with rich individual or corporate backersContinue reading “Democracy only works when citizens are involved.”

Sheffield- Where democracy goes to die.

At last, Sheffield City Council has been forced to apologise to the people of the city over its handling of the destruction of thousands of street trees. Forced apologies never seem sincere, especially when the first attempt doesn’t include the word “sorry”. Now Councillor Mark Jones has rephrased his apology and there are even murmuringsContinue reading “Sheffield- Where democracy goes to die.”

Stop the new dual carriageway in Sheffield

A new dual carriageway is being proposed, to run from Park Square to Granville Square, behind the station through Sheaf Valley Park. It is part of a £1.5 billion scheme to revamp the Sheaf Valley area of the city centre.  City planners have had the gall to proclaim that this will help meet our climateContinue reading “Stop the new dual carriageway in Sheffield”

What do West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich City have in common?

(A letter to the Star and Telegraph) Football fans, what do West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich City have in common? They are the 4 Premier League clubs who will be at risk of flooding every season within the next 3 decades. A report by the Rapid Transition Alliance found that a quarter of allContinue reading “What do West Ham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich City have in common?”

We must listen to Africa and Asia

As I write storm Ciara is causing chaos in Sheffield. Trees are down, Cineworld has had its doors blown through and local roads are flooded. Not very far away, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd have suffered severe flooding. Yet another example of the ever-increasing extreme weather the world is facing as a result of our overheatingContinue reading “We must listen to Africa and Asia”

What next for the Climate Movement?

Extinction Rebellion made fantastic progress in 2019. They have been successful in raising awareness about the urgency of the climate crisis, which became a major issue in the General Election. But it’s been a very disappointing end to the year. We have seen the Conservatives elected with a massive majority, despite Boris Johnson not evenContinue reading “What next for the Climate Movement?”

Citizen’s Assemblies

Citizen’s Assemblies are in the news. Boris Johnson has set the wheels in motion for a Citizen’s Assembly on the Climate Emergency. Sheffield City Council have also promised to instigate one to help advise the Council on the difficult decisions they will have to make to meet their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.Continue reading “Citizen’s Assemblies”